News Update 2/13-Back to Dallas

I'm looking forward to seeing this in the Beer Garden this year! - Steve Dykes

Cancun preseason trip comes to an end, a talk with the new Assistant Coach, and also: There IS crying in Champs League!

Howdy folks! March 2nd is only two and a half weeks away and it can't get here quick enough!! If you haven't gotten your season opener tickets get to FCDallas.com ASAP and be there as the Hoops open up their quest for the MLS Cup against Colorado.

FC Dallas wrapped up their preseason trip to Cancun with a 3-0 victory against Atlante U20's. You can see FCDallas.com's match recap here and Daniel's recap here.

Goals:
Kenny Cooper (Blas Perez, Jair Benitez) 21
Michel (David Ferreira) 24
Jonathan Top (Kenny Cooper) 44

If my math is correct that makes 2 goals (3 if you count the Memphis game) for Baladez, 3 goals and 2 assists from Kenny Cooper (in 3 games), and 2 assists for David Ferriera during the preseason so far. A very impressive start for the FC Dallas offense. Baladez has been impressive from everything I've read. Let's hope he can contribute throughout the season.

Also check out Buzz Carrick's break down of all three games in Cancun at 3rddegree.net.

Next up for FCD is a trip up to Portland for 3 games there. Our own Daniel Robertson will be in Portland for all of the action so make sure you check back here for all the latest updates.

The front office announced on Tuesday that they have named Dallas actor Jesse Metcalfe as the scarfer of Uncle Lamar for the season opener

I don't watch Dallas so I'm not familiar with Metcalfe but apparently he's teaming with the North Texas Food Bank to help raise money and awareness of their work so he's alright in my book.

Something for your ears is the new Pitch Pass podcast which caught up with Kenny Cooper after returning back from Cancun, it's a great listen talking about his time with New York and his move to Dallas

Scott Brown at FCDallas.com writes about the 5 FC Dallas Academy team games last weekend against Texas Rush and they walked away with a 4-1 record across all age groups.

The FC Dallas Academy and Pre Academy teams posted four shutouts and one narrow loss over the weekend as they traveled to Houston to take on the Texas Rush. The lone loss was a 1-0 result as the teams outscored their opponents 14-1, collectively.

A very impressive weekend for the Baby Hoops and an incredibly successful 2013 so far for all of the academy teams. Once again the youth shine bright.

Demetrio Teniente at FCDallas.com chatted with new FCD Assistant Coach, and former assistant to Schellas at SMU, Brent Erwin about his feelings on joining the ranks of MLS and how SH has improved his coaching since they were together at Southern Methodist University.

Even though he and Hyndman are no strangers, Erwin says Hyndman continues to surprise him. During their time at SMU, Hyndman was considered one of the best coaches in college soccer. Erwin believes that Hyndman has improved since then from his already strong coaching form.

Welcome Brent and I know that we're all excited to see what you can bring to the table at FC Dallas.

For fans of the US National Team, the women will play their second game with Scotland in Nashville tonight at 7pm. You can stream the game at USSoccer.com. It should be noted that this will be Abby Wambach's 200th (!!!!!!!) cap with the USWNT. An impressive mark that so few players will ever accomplish in their careers. Steve Davis talks about the humbleness of Wambach on Pro Soccer Talk at NBCSports.com.

C’mon, Abby. Toot your own horn a little! You are about to join the exclusive U.S. 200 Club, the list of women with 200 appearances for the United States national team.

I've always thought that it's a shame that not all USWNT games are broadcast on TV, especially for this momentous occasion. Congrats Abby and here's to hoping for 200 more.

Thanks so much as always for stopping by and giving this a read. I wanted to leave you with something that will either make you laugh...or cry. I don't know how many of you got a chance to see the Celtic v Juventus Champions League game on Wednesday, but as a Celtic fan I say that I totally understand how this kid felt. Needless to say: There's always next year.

Jay Neal

@FCJayBird

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